Elizabeth Addo, Gabrielle Onguene, & Asisat Oshoala the nominees for Africa's Women's Player of the Year Award.
My heart hurts today... These three women probably have a bruised heart as well. Today at the African football awards ceremony, only one of these amazing athletes was invited, and I'm guessing it was because she was the winner - Asisat Oshoala of Nigeria. Congrats Superzeee, we love you and are so happy for your much-deserved win (I got to see her play against the US at the World Cup in Canada). Elizabeth Addo of Ghana and Gabrielle Onguene of Cameroon are the other two nominees for the Women's Player of the Year award. The Women's category was considered one of the 'lesser' categories for the award show and therefore it was decided (by who?!) to only invited the winner. LESSER!? Oh, how that pisses me off. They are not less than anyone else filling those award show seats. They are nominated as one of the BEST players in all of Africa! These women, their families, and other athletes were reading about the awards on social media, leaving the nominees wondering where was their invite. This is outrageous and so dismissive. I couldn't even find out who the three nominees were from the Confederation's website and had to ask via Twitter. A few journalists and former players informed me that this has happened in the past as well. It's so awful, and I'm feeling powerless to make a difference in this wrong. I'm writing this as my blog post today to help spread the recognition these fabulous footballers deserve. They all had outstanding seasons and accomplishments, they deserve to be honored. They didn't get the thrill of the invitation, the excitement of getting dressed for the formal night, and they didn't get the honor to sit among their peers and have their name called as one of the best in the sport. Please help spread the photo and love around your social media in hopes that Asisat, Elizabeth, and Gabrielle will see and feel the respect from all of us. Congrats to all three women and especially to Superzeee for the winning award!